Monday, June 15, 2009

Television Score For Last Week

As previously noted I've been attempting to watch television, a task so simple that five year olds can manage it unassisted, but which has been causing me difficulty. Let's see how I've done for the week 7-13 June!

7 June: South Pacific. Strange Islands, the penultimate episode. Fantastic visuals, slightly disjointed structure, which mostly seemed to say "Hey, look at this weird creature!". The tree kangaroo story was interesting though. 1 hour.

8 June: Ashes to Ashes. The series finale, so it can be dropped from future lists. Plenty of shooting and character stories being finished. Not enough Gene Hunt lines. And Alex Drake gets shot in the head by the last person you'd expect[1]! 1 hour.

9 June: Dollhouse. A heist goes wrong due to a double cross. Who could have predicted! Some clever use of the mind-swapping idea. 1 hour.

10 June: Lie to Me. This is actually the previous week's episode, which I caught up with. Sadly I was too exhausted by my television watching to watch that week's during the week. Anyway, episode 4 and there's a change to the format; instead of two stories in parallel the team are all concentrating on a shooting at the wedding of the South Korean ambassador. 1 hour.

So I aimed for 4 hours and got four hours. This week, I still need 4 hours; Ashes to Ashes has finished, but I'm one behind on Lie to Me. Will I succeed? Join me next week for the most boring television blogging on the internet.

[1] It's David Bowie! No, not really.

Dream Diary 16

I dreamt I was watching a musical version of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. It was surprisingly good, especially whoever was playing Angeleyes.

Conversation of the Day

PUPIL M: Sir, I can't concentrate. [PUPIL S] keeps flirting with me.
PUPIL S rolls her eyes.
ME: She just hit you with a ruler and called you a gimp. I dread to think what would happen if she didn't like you.

As it happens, both PUPIL M and PUPIL S had been moved earlier in the lesson due to bad behaviour and I was on my way over to tell PUPIL S to stop hitting him and calling him names.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

I Watch Television Instead Of Having A Life

Up until maybe three and a half hours ago I was attempting to watch three one hour first show current television programs per week[1], and my maximum score was 2 hours and 10 minutes per week. On the one hand, this is pretty pathetic as two of them get repeated at least once per week. Compared to the kids I work with of course, this is a unimaginably small amount of regular television[6]. Nevertheless it seems to be more than I can keep up with.

Then I made the mistake of watching the repeat of the first episode of Lie To Me, starring Tim Roth as the guy who has spent twenty years learning how to read expressions. Three hours later, I'd watched the "catch up" of the first three episodes. I don't know if there's enough there to keep me watching for a second series, or even for the whole of the first one, but now I have FOUR hours of TV I want to watch a week.

Damn it.

[1] For those keeping score the programs are South Pacific[2], Ashes to Ashes[3], and Dollhouse[4].
[2] Not the film, which has been idiosyncratically reviewed here, but the BBC TV documentary series my friend Caitlin worked on.
[3] A time-travelling cop show sequel to time travelling cop show Life On Mars.
[4] Joss Whedon's identity-swapping TV show which, if pressed, I'd suggest is, among other things, a response to[5] the identity questions raised by Richard Morgan in his Takeshi Kovacs novels.
[5] Or maybe a response to the things Morgan is responding to, but let's not get too caught up in who is responding to what.
[6] On the other hand at least two of them have no idea what Time Team is, so I have no idea what the hell kind of TV they watch. The conversation went something like:

[Me]: What do you want to do for your work experience?
[Pupil E, or, possibly, B{7}]: I want to do something history related, or if I can't do that, with a beautician.
[Me]: You want something like the Kent Archaeological Trust or like that?
[Pupil E, or B]: Yeah, that's what I hoping for.
[Pupil K]: What does archaeological mean?
[Me, after boggling for a moment]: I don't know, have you ever watched Time Team on TV?
[Pupil K]: Err, No.
[Me, boggling still more]: Okay, well, archeology is where you dig historical things up. Most of the stuff in museums has been dug up. Archaeologists are experts in this stuff, so they can tell when it's from.

This boggled me as Pupil K isn't usually as ignorant as she seems to be from this conversation. We then got into what you might get if you dug up my parent's house, and the kind of things you find in museums.
{7}: This pupil is mostly known by her surname for reasons that have been inadequately explained to me.